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City Officials lift boil water notice


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Published: May. 26, 2022 at 9:17 PM CDT
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RIDGETOP, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation approved the boil water notice to be lifted Saturday.

White House Utility District warned residents to boil their water Thursday before use due to the worry of bacteria.

WHUD officials said they had discovered that the City of Ridgetop Sewer Department connected a residential wastewater service line to a WHUD water line. After testing for bacteria and not having detected any, WHUD said they still urge all customers in the affected area to boil water before use until further notice.

Officials said if any bacteria is found in the water, it can make you sick and are primarily a concern for people with weakened immune systems.

WHUD said Saturday that since they disconnected the improper wastewater connection made by the City of Ridgetop’s Sewer Department, they have continued to flush the water lines and test the water quality to ensure safety.

Bacteria that could be in the water include fecal coliform and E. coli, both of whose presence indicated that the water might be contaminated with organisms that cause illness in humans. They also pose a particular health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

WHUD asked that anyone who has questions specific to their home’s plumbing call WHUD at 615-672-4110.

For more information as this investigation continues and tips for avoiding getting sick, click here.

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